I have lived with a broken bi-fold pantry door for 3 years. I guess it hasn’t always been broken. Occasionally I would fix it, and put it back on its track. Only for one of the kids to attack the door in an attempt to get a handful of goldfish. And boom, it would be broken again.
This week I had enough of that darn door.
My mom was visiting so I thought together we could tackle this door and turn it from a cheap builder grade bi-fold door to a super fancy double door. And it worked. Well it may not be super fancy, but at least it has a bit of character now.
Basic bi-fold door.
To complete this simple project you will need to purchase 6 hinges (I only bought 4 so I have to add 2 more), a double magnetic catch, and 2 door knobs.
Since I always seem to struggle with hinges I have taken a picture of the ones that worked for us. The hinges and magnetic catch were bought at Home Depot.
To start remove door from track. And remove all hardware, top track, hinges between door, and any hardware along the bottom of the door. Remember the bottom of the door. We hung our doors and realized there was a screw on the bottom of one of the doors that we hadn’t removed and was now scratching the floor.
Now attach the doors to the door frame (pre-drill the holes in the door frame). You will need one person to hold the door and another to drill. Be sure to hang the door high enough so that it catches the magnetic catch.
Once the doors are up you can add the magnetic plates to the back of the 2 doors.
Now check to see if the door closes. If you have a gap between the doors you can add a piece of wood to one side (but this means you will always have to close one door first).
With my doors we couldn’t actually close them. So we had to do some major sanding. I mean major.
We painted the door Seal by Martha Stewart. Love it.
To hang the door knobs I got lazy. And instead of measuring I just added tape using the door molding as a guide. Drilled 2 holes and added the knobs.
I found the knobs at Anthropologie for $8 each. It was way more than I wanted to spend but after a week of searching for knobs (could not find ones with a 1.5 inch screw) I just gave up. Besides who doesn’t love a trip to Anthropologie?
Once I removed the old door handle I just used some spackle to fill in the hole, sanded it and you can’t even tell there was once a door knob in the middle of the door(even with the faux wood grain on the doors).
This project took about 2.5 hours including painting. Although if we didn’t have to do all that sanding it would have been much faster.
So are you going to give it a try? If not just give your pantry door a fresh coat of paint and some pretty knobs. Why not add some charm and character to your pantry?
Now just to tackle the inside of that pantry. Ah who cares no one sees that anyways.